The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I scored a few Talbots skirts almost two years ago at an end of season clearance, with an extra 60% off, paying less than $25 each for them. You know I’m a fool for a full skirt and lux fabric. I love them so much, but they’re all too big now. The one I am wrestling over keeping now reminds me of a Monet watercolor, but I’ve had trouble styling it in the past.
For some of today’s shots, I decided to try Allie and Sal’s method of shooting in a parking lot or street. I kind of like how the pictures turned out, but had to get a few in front of a neighbor’s blooming mums, too. Dear Hubby is a patient and gracious photographer.
Lately, I’ve been heavily influenced by Psyche’s and Kasmira’s knotted button front shirts with skirts and dresses, so I decided I’d go for uber-comfort and a little pattern-mixing by pairing my “watercolor skirt” with a thrifted striped navy shirt tied at the waist. Add low heels and a chain with some turquoise to pick up the colors in the skirt, and I kind of liked how it turned out.
I also used one of Mina’s Fasheners to take in the waistband of the skirt. (You can actually see it in the top photo…)
Like Gracey, I am working hard to edit down my closet, getting rid of items I just don’t love, and making some room for my increasing love of color. It’s so hard to believe how hard I clung to my “funeral chic” even as much as a year ago. I think wearing the right colors brightens up our skin tones, especially as we age, and creates a much more interesting visual style – as long as we don’t go outside the boundaries of our wardrobe needs, such as needing to stay employed in a conservative office.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when there are no boundaries, and I’m insanely jealous of one of my fave style blogger Desiree’s beauty, original style, artistic use of wild color, vintage clothes, sexy leggings, and rather magical accessories, but I know I couldn’t wear most of her daily wear to work, although she has a couple of 40s, 50s and 60s style dresses and suits I know I could rock in the law office! I have to get my Desiree fix via her blog, and plan my fantasy photo shoot where I can run around in something wildly beautiful and totally inappropriate for work, and pretend I’m a Celtic goddess.
Do you have clothes in your closet that you love but find hard to wear? Do you think I should keep this skirt, or pass it on?